10 things you need to know today: February 14, 2013

Olympian Oscar Pistorius held for alleged murder, American and US Airways merge, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

In an $11 billion deal American Airlines and US Airways will merge, creating the world's biggest airline that will operate under the American brand.
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1. PISTORIUS HELD AFTER GIRLFRIEND KILLED IN HIS HOME

South African police arrested Paralympic champion runner Oscar Pistorius early Thursday, accusing him of fatally shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home. Pistorius, 26, won two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and he made sporting history by becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics, reaching the 400-meter semifinal. Pistorius is known by the nickname Blade Runner, as he races using carbon fiber-prosthetic blades. [New York Times]

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